P-47 Thunderbolt "Flying Folly"
Pilot Safety Training (Part 2 1943)

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This film series, produced by the U.S. Army Air Force, was shown to training instructors to prevent "avoidable" accidents during advanced P-47 flight school. The quality of this very rare copy is not the best, but I have done what I can to improve it. Watch P-47 Thunderbolts on the ground and in the air, supplemented with animations, charts and graphs. You'll see the errors that lead to each accident and then specific steps on how to avoid them. Our thanks to Bob Cairo, last president of the P-47 Alumni Association, for generously providing this footage.
This is Part 2 in the series and covers: Retracting landing gear on the ground; Improper tank selection leading to gasoline starvation; Colliding with a towed target; Flying too low under a low ceiling & crashing into the water, and Overshooting the runway.
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